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New Jersey hospital pioneers use of miniature cardiac monitor

Iain Morris
July 16, 2014
Hunterdon Medical Center in New Jersey claims to have pioneered the use of a miniature cardiac monitor allowing doctors to diagnose and monitor irregular heartbeats.

The hospital says it has successfully implanted the Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System – billed as the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device currently available – in one of its patients.

The device is about one third the size of a triple-A battery, making it more than 80% smaller than other ICMs.

Despite its size, the Reveal LINQ ICM is capable of allowing doctors to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient’s heart for up to three years and includes 20% more data memory than the Reveal XT, its larger predecessor.

“This is a minimally invasive procedure in which the device is placed just beneath the skin through a small incision in the upper left side of the chest,” said Andrew Rudnick, the cardiac electrophysiologist at Hunterdon Medical Center. “This procedure is indicated for patients who experience symptoms such as dizziness, palpitation, fainting and chest pain that may suggest a cardiac arrhythmia, and for patients at increased risk for cardiac arrhythmias.”

Besides having wireless monitoring capabilities, the device is able to provide remote monitoring through a network that alerts doctors if patients suffer a “cardiac event”.

A recent modification to the remote monitoring system means that device diagnostic data can be sent using global cellular technology to healthcare providers from nearly any location in the world.
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